Portland, Oregon, Mar 13 : Scotland striker Kris Boyd scored the decisive goal as the Portland Timbers won their opening home game 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union on Monday night.
Boyd's first Major League Soccer goal came from Kalif Alhassan's cross and broke a 1-1 scoreline in the 66th minute.
Alhassan scored in the 76th minute to extend the eventual margin to two goals.
The Timbers conceded the first goal in the 51st minute after Philadelphia midfielder Gabriel Gomez's hard shot from in front deflected off a Timbers defender and past goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Originally ruled an own goal, after the match it was awarded to Gomez.
The hosts equalized three minutes later and Boyd put them with 24 minutes left in regulation time.
The former Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough forward joined the Timbers in the offseason.
The 28-year-old Boyd scored 164 goals in 296 appearances in the Scottish Premier League with Kilmarnock and Rangers and is the all-time leading scorer in the competition.